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The Press and Registration of Books Act

20APower of Central Government to make rules

1[20A. Power of Central Government to make rules.--(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules--

(a) prescribing the particulars which a declaration made and subscribed under section 5 may contain 2[and the form and manner in which the names of the printer, publisher, owner and editor of a newspaper and the place of its printing and publication may be printed on every copy of such newspaper];

3[(b) prescribing the manner in which copies of any declaration attested by the official seal of a Magistrate or copies of any order refusing to authenticate any declaration may be forwarded to the person making and subscribing the declaration and to the Press Registrar;]

(c) prescribing the manner in which copies of any newspaper may be sent to the Press Registrar under section 11B;

(d) prescribing the manner in which a Register may be maintained under section 19B and the particulars which it may contain;

(e) prescribed the particulars in which an annual statement to be furnished by the publisher of a newspaper to the Press Registrar may contain;

(f) prescribing the form and manner in which an annual statement under clause (a) of section 19D, or any returns, statistics or other information under section 19E, may be furnished to the Press Registrar;

(g) prescribing the fees for furnishing copies of extracts from the Register and the manner in which such copies may be furnished;

(h) prescribing the manner in which a certificate of registration may be issued in respect of a newspaper;

(i) prescribing the form in which, and the time within which, annual reports may be prepared by the Press Registrar and forwarded to the Central Government.

4[(2) Every rule made under this section shall be laid as soon as may be after it is made before each House of Parliament while it is in session for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or 5[in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid] both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so however that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.]]

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1. Ins. by Act 55 of 1955, s. 18 (w.e.f. 1-7-1956).

2. Ins. by Act 26 of 1960, s. 8 (w.e.f. 1-10-1960).

3. Subs. by s. 8, ibid., for clause (b) (w.e.f. 1-10-1960).

4. Subs. by s. 8, ibid., for sub-section (2) (w.e.f. 1-10-1960).

5. Subs. by Act 20 of 1983, s. 2 and Schedule, for certain words (w.e.f. 15-3-1984).

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